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Highs and lows.
Simon Zebo may have already played his last game for Ireland, but his time in a green jersey will no doubt be fondly remember by all, including himself.
The Cork native is set join French giants Racing 92 next season, meaning he will ‘technically’ be ineligible for Ireland selection, with Joe Schmidt seemingly having already cast him out, after being left out of the November series.
He may be done with Ireland, but he’ll always have his memories, which for the most part are positive ones. Zebo recently sat down with Gerry Thornley in The Irish Times, and revealed his career highs and lows with Ireland.
His highest point, understandably, is that famous win over the All Blacks, followed by winnings the Six Nations in 2015 and his first cap, which was also against the All Blacks in 2012 funnily enough.
“The high would be beating the All Blacks in Chicago. That’s number one, and winning the Six Nations [in 2015] and my first cap.”
The low point?
“Not playing in the World Cup quarter-final.”
Zebo started at fullback in the victories over Romania (with three try-scoring assists) and Italy, before being left out of the group decider against France and that quarter-final against Argentina.
“That didn’t sit well with me,” he admits.
“I’ll never forget that. I thought I deserved to play and I was disappointed at the selection. That would definitely be my low point, but the highs definitely outweigh the lows with Ireland.”
35 caps for Ireland, and nine tries. Will he add to that. Probably not, but only time will tell..